A House Divided?
Here's another article, this time from Le Figaro, on Frigide Barjot's reluctance to attend the Manif Pour Tous on Sunday. The information is similar to that of a previous post:
"As things are now, I do not think I will go to the demonstration because the threats hanging over me, over my person, are still very much present," announced Frigide Barjot, spokewoman of the Manif Pour Tous movement.
She added that her decision was not "definitive". "Without a guarantee that I can speak with complete freedom of speech, I prefer to say for now that I won't go and create problems for the demonstration."
Note: She makes the above comments in the video below.
"There are very grave threats hanging over me," she repeated to the reporters. "It is my person that is now in danger," adding that she receives text messages from "violent people" saying: "You will not talk about a civil union."
Note: Barjot has been advocating a civil union on her own behalf, since the Manif Pour Tous does not endorse such a measure. France already has a civil union called the PACS.
Frigide Barjot nonetheless repeated her opposition to the law on homosexual marriage and encouraged "everybody to go to the demonstration, now that the Interior Minister has given assurances that there would be a perfectly competent security force." She indicated that she is being guarded by two security agents.
Le Figaro readers have little regard for her:
- In the end she'll come. That way all the cameras will be turned onto her. She took lessons from Ségolène Royal who always comes last in order not to share top billing with anyone. Poor things, what they won't do for a little fame.
- In my opinion the real threats against her do not come from the French Spring but from the Socialist winter.
- This is good news. If she's going to continue to play around with Manuel Gas (i.e. Manuel Valls), it is better that she not be there. This woman is a disgrace to True France.
In the video below the reporter accuses le Printemps Français of threatening Barjot. We then get a glimpse of Béatrice Bourges, head of le Printemps Français, who dismisses such charges.
- Reporter: Despite her two body guards Frigide Barjot will not participate on Sunday. She takes the threats against her very seriously. But it's not the only thing that worries her.
- Barjot: Without a guarantee that I can speak with complete freedom of speech, I prefer to say for now that I won't go and create problems for the demonstration.
- Reporter: Prevented from speaking by the other opponents of homosexual marriage - the radicals of le Printemps Français for example, here in the middle of a sabotage operation. (Note: We see activists pasting up posters against homosexual marriage.) With the other organizers of the Manif Pour Tous the rupture is complete. They reject en bloc the civil union that Frigide Barjot has always supported.
Note: At 48" into the video we see Béatrice Bourges who speaks of the movement as one big family.
- Béatrice Bourges: Families fight, then they make up. What difference does it make? I wouldn't say there are divisions, there are individual quarrels. But we all agree on the objectives.
- Reporter: The same objectives, but methods that are not always compatible. Already some organizations intend to demonstrate separately, such as the Nationalist Youth and the fundamentalists of Civitas.